Friday 13th December for 4 days
The Festival of Light at Longleat is the UK's original and biggest lantern festival. Each winter the 'Capability' Brown landscaped grounds of the stately home are transformed into a magical illuminated winter wonderland, with a different theme each year. This extended weekend break also takes you to some of our top retail and designer outlets, making it the ideal opportunity for all your Christmas shopping.
Friday (Day 1)
A taxi pick-up from home to the coach. We drive to Clarks Village at Street in Somerset. This outlet shopping centre was established in 1993 on the site of the old Clarks shoe factory, and is a great place to find bargains. Later this afternoon we continue through the Mendips to our hotel on the outskirts of Bristol.D
Saturday (Day 2)
After a leisurely breakfast we will drive to Frome. We will have our morning coffee stop in this small Somerset town, highlighted as one of the Times' "Best Places to Live in Britain". Enjoy a stroll around its charming historic centre, small independent shops and cafes, and visit the Market. Then it's on to Longleat for the 'main event'. On arrival we will drive through the Safari Park before visiting the House and the grounds, transformed into a winter wonderland as darkness falls, with hundreds of illuminated characters and scenes.B, D
Sunday (Day 3)
There is a choice today. Cribbs Causeway is one of the Southwest's premier shopping destinations, with over 130 top name stores including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Lakeland. Or you can visit Bristol itself. In recent years the City has become known for its Christmas Markets. The Harbourside Christmas Market has a twinkling waterfront setting with mulled wine aplenty and festive decorations. In Broadmead Shopping Centre you will find the Local Christmas Market offering local arts and crafts, food and drink.B, D
Monday (Day 4)
Our homeward route takes us via the Great Western Designer Outlet near Swindon. Housed in the Grade II listed buildings of the former Great Western Railway works, it is one of the largest covered designer outlets in Europe. We head home to meet the taxis late afternoon.
Your Holiday Hotel
The Holiday Inn Bristol Filton was well received by Roadmark clients on a tour in 2018. It is a modern hotel, about a 15-minute drive from the city centre in 11 acres of grounds. All 211 bright and airy bedrooms have comfortable beds with a pillow menu, and are accessible by lift. The informal restaurant has views over the gardens. Guests have use of the leisure centre which includes a heated indoor pool, sauna and gym. There is a spacious bar where you can enjoy a drink before dinner.
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